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Freshtake NFL Team Preview: Cleveland Browns

JOHNNY! JOHNNY! JOHNNY!” That’s pretty much the chant being heard around Cleveland Brown football. Yes, the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel, the eccentric, fun loving, Heisman trophy winning quarterback out of Texas A&M in this years NFL Draft. That along with the return of LeBron James (if only he played Wide Receiver for the Browns) has Cleveland fans once again excited about sports.

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2014 NFL Breakout Stars

The 2014 NFL season is quickly approaching us. Every year has its share of Breakout Stars and new players that emerge into star status. Breakout stars of the past included LeSean “Shady” McCoy who ascended to superstardom last year by leading the league in rushing, with 1607 yards, and established himself as one of if not the best running back in the league. On the defensive side of the ball, it was Luke Kuechly’s turn. Not only did he lead the league in tackles, with 156, he led a top-5 defense in the Carolina Panthers and added the Defensive Player of the Year Award to his trophy collection. As the 2014 season approaches here are a few players I feel can solidify their place in the game and become household names. Continue reading 2014 NFL Breakout Stars

The Best and Worst from the NBA Draft

The 2014 NBA draft concluded last night and here are my best and worst from last night.

Best: The Boston Celtics. With trade talks about Rajon Rondo swirling and his open willingness to not want to be a part of a rebuilding situation, the Celtics drafted Marcus Smart their possible PG of the future and a player I was super high on prior to the draft (check Making a Smart Decision). They also got James Young who, once he figures it out, I believe could a Ginobili-like player off the bench and maybe even a future all-star! Good Job Danny Ainge!

My other winner of course is the Cleveland Cavaliers. I don’t know if their draft process was based on trying to get LeBron back to Cleveland but they had a very solid draft. They obviously had the number 1 pick and took Andrew Wiggins which no one can definitively say was a bad choice. I’m not as high on him as I was coming out of high school, but he is still a freakishly gifted athlete and with the right coach he can possibly a Superstar. He, Kyrie, and LeBron (if he goes back) could potentially be an amazing championship trio. They also drafted Joe Harris with their second round pick who could be a very nice contributor off the bench. Overall pretty good draft that could turn into really great draft after LeBron’s “Decision”.

Now for my worst. The Utah Jazz: I thought Trey Burke showed himself to be a good, young point guard in the league in his rookie season, so the drafting of PG Dante Exum baffled me. I’ll admit I’m not really that familiar with him or his game but for a team so limited in scoring and with Trey Burke already on the team I thought they could have went a different route. But only time will tell.

My other loser and I say that very loosely is the Philadelphia 76ers. As far as talent they may have gotten the best player in the draft in Joel Embiid but they also have Nerlens Noel waiting to prove himself in the NBA, so I don’t see where drafting Embiid helps. Both are centers with similar games so I doubt how effective they can be together. They were drafting at a spot where they could have gotten another wing to put along with Michael Carter-Williams, but instead took Embiid who probably won’t start the season. Only way this works is if Embiid becomes the superior of the 2 so they can justify drafting him and then trading Noel. Then again this is Philadelphia so we can only wait and see.

All in all, draft night was great and I look forward to seeing how all of the draftees develop into NBA players and leave their on impacts on the NBA.

-Chris Staples ¤

Making a Smart Decision

It’s April 17th 2013, and Marcus Smart has just made what some might call a not so “smart” decision and decided to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season, passing on millions of dollars and a chance to be a top 5 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Yes in 2013 that is a bad decision. The days of the stay all four years and develop your game types ala Tim Duncan are all but over. As a matter of fact ridicule will get thrown your way for even thinking about coming back to school.  But he did and that is one of the reasons I feel he will make just about every team that passes on him regret it! Continue reading Making a Smart Decision

The Atlanta Sports Fan Barely Exsist

I present to you your new the Super Bowl Champions the Atlanta Falcons!! HA! Yeah right! I popped up out of my dream like Dwyane Wade in his Gatorade commercial sweating because my mind was definitely playing tricks on me.

Your new World Series Champions the Atlanta Braves, not quite well unless MLB 2K14 means anything to you.

I’m not going to even pretend like someone could dream that about the Hawks, wait do they still play in Atlanta anyway?

My point is Atlanta may have the worst sports fans in the world, but who can blame them? Allow me shed some light on why. Continue reading The Atlanta Sports Fan Barely Exsist